February 7, 2019: Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, on MARS: Military Auxiliary Radio System
MARS or Military Auxiliary Radio System has changed dramatically from it’s creation in 1925. ARMY and AIR FORCE MARS members support a very different mission than you may have heard of before 2010. Every day, MARS members are operating mixed mode voice/data nets using encrypted communications in support of a DoD Mission to provide situational awareness to DoD planners, in the event of a “Very Bad Day” scenario. Learn about MARS, and how all Amateurs can support this mission, without joining MARS, and learn how to join MARS, if you have the capability and interest.
Bio: Tom Kinahan N1CPE has been a ham for 38 years, with experience participating in Boston Marathon communications for over 30 of those years, Past experience volunteering with the Red Cross as a Disaster Action Team member and leader, and former Massachusetts State RACES officer, currently US ARMY MARS Member/Leader since 2010.
February 7, 2019: Fred Beihold, NV1N, presents an interesting idea coming out of the Shack Search Committee.
January 3, 2019: Video “Nine DXpeditions to DXCC Ten Most Wanted” from the collection of David Hoaglin K1HT. We also had our “Show and Tell”.
His source for the DVD that we viewed (Nine DXpeditions to DXCC “Ten Most Wanted”) was k4uee.com/dvd . Bob lists several videos besides that one.
December 6, 2018: FARA Holiday Dinner at Carbone’s Restaurant in Hopkinton, MA.
November 1, 2018: BITX40 and uBITX QRP radio kit – Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ
Andy Stewart spoke about the BITX40 and uBITX QRP kit radios from India. These very popular transceivers are openly specified for both hardware and software, and have thus encouraged a lot of tinkering. Andy discussed many of the common modifications, as well as his extensive modifications to the Arduino software. Andy has also modified the kit to make it accessible to visually impaired hams. There was a demonstration of Andy’s version of both of these transceivers.
October 4, 2018: 6-Meter Sporadic E and Weather Systems – Joe Dzekevich, K1YOW
Joe’s presentation will use Amateur Radio to explore possible correlations between weather systems and sporadic E clouds to see if they are collocated.
The presentation slides are available for download.
September 6, 2018: Tom Walsh K1TW, Eastern Mass. ARRL section manager.
“What’s New and Exciting in the Eastern Massachusetts (EMA) ARRL Section”
There are major changes occurring in the hobby. How should the section and clubs like FARA stay on top of all of this? First off, let’s understand exactly what a section manager does and why clubs like FARA are important to the section.
Then driven by FARA’s interests, Tom will discuss some of many new initiatives in the Eastern Massachusetts section. Here are some possible topics, time permitting.
- The Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (STARS)
- The New Eastern Massachusetts Section Website.
- The New Eastern Massachusetts Facebook page
- What is new about Eastern Massachusetts ARES?
- What is ARES Connect?
- Changes to the ARRL Official Observer Program
- What can FARA do going forward?
- Time for Questions
Tom will wrap up the with the donation of an ARRL book.
June 7, 2018: Fred, NV1N
Fred, NV1N on traffic passing practice, Field Day discussions, elections of officers, scholarship awards.
May 3, 2018: Pizza Party
Pizza Party Thursday May 3, 7:30 pm, Papa Ginos on Rt. 30, 341 Cochituate Road Framingham.
April 5, 2018: Larry Banks, W1DYJ
Larry Banks, W1DYJ “One Ham’s Journey with Antennas” (It’s sort of a historical survey of the antennas I’ve built/used/etc., ending with a quick look at FT8 and 160. )
March 1, 2018: Dan Pedtke, KW2T
Dan Pedtke, KW2T, on Impedence Matching
Feb 1, 2018: Bob De Mattia, K1IW
Bob De Mattia, K1IW, on Repeater Coordination
November 2, 2017: Andy Boughton, KC1DMM
Andy Boughton, SDR radios. slides